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Katie-Marie GarciaAmerican Romantics Prof Cody050501 Poes use of Character Madness Edgar Allan Poe wrote many gothic stories where the narrators have most apparently gone mad The Tell-Tale Heart MS Found in a bottle and A Descent into the Maelstrom are some of these stories In all these stories the narrator is driven completely mad by something insignificant Poe makes this point very clear in these stories Even Poes poems are filled with madness The Raven is a great example of this In The Tell-Tale Heart the narrator is a caretaker for an old man He is driven insane by the one pale eye that the old man has He plans to and kills the old man one night and buries him under the floor When the police arrive the narrator believes that the old mans heart is still beating and rips the floor up and confesses his crime The eye of the old man was a dull blue with a hideous veil over it that chilled the very marrow in my bonesp557 and this was the narrators only reason for planning and killing the old man Throughout the entire story the narrator is trying to convince the audience that he is in fact not mad which makes him see even more insane Now at this point you fancy me mad Madmen know nothing But you should have seen me You should have seen how wisely I proceededp555 The narrator tries to convince us and himself that he is in fact not mad But the statement made earlier on Object there was none Passion there was none I loved the old man He had never wronged mefor his gold I had no desire I think that it was his eyep555 suggests that there is no sane motive for this crime The narrators consistent reminder of his sanity is out-weighted by his unhealthy obsession with the old mans Evil Eyep556 In MS Found in
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